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Creative Writing Classes & Seminars

Looking for a place to express your inner writer? In each of our three yearly sessions (winter/spring, summer, and fall), we offer creative writing classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. Classes range from those geared for novice writers or those with some writing experience who are looking for a structured environment in which to bloom to those geared for intermediate, advanced, or professional writers.

We offer classes for adults as well as pre-teen and teen writers. Genres and topics offered include a variety of creative writing classes in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, storytelling, comic books and graphic novels, songwriting, food writing, science fiction, fantasy, children’s book writing, journaling, and multi-genre writing, as well as seminars in writers craft, research, and professional development.

Class size is usually capped at 8 or 9 students—classes with different maximum sizes are indicated in the class listing. We teach short seminars that meet once all the way to longer workshops that meet up to eight times.

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December 2020

Getting Your Chapbook Ready: A How-To Seminar

Are you thinking of putting a chapbook together? If you have a good number of poems—say 20-30—that you’re pleased with, and have some of them published in literary journals, print or digital, this two-session workshop can help you achieve your goal. Or, maybe you’re still working toward the goal of 20+ poems but aren’t there yet. You’ll benefit from this workshop too. Reviewing published chapbooks for insights and ideas, we’ll explore the mechanics of chapbook preparation, a history of the…

Saturdays, December 5 - December 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which allows you to seamlessly switch between each element. To use the program to its full capacity, new users to the program need to know where…

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Chris De Matteo

How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've…

Sundays, December 6 - December 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Shannon Curtin

Sensitivity Reader Training: How to Become a Sensitivity Reader

Misrepresentation in media is rampant, but what if you could help authors write characters in an accurate and respectful way? If you belong to a marginalized group (People of Color/LGBTQ+/Disability/etc.) or have worked in an occupation that is often misrepresented in media (Military/Police/etc.) you could become a new type of editor called a Sensitivity Reader. In this course, we will discuss the purpose of reading works for accurate representation, how to identify stereotypes and harmful content in a manuscript and…

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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The Muse Writers Center strives to be a fully accessible facility. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or would like to request an accommodation.